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Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.
For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.
This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.
I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.
This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.
One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.
Do you guys ever feel like you wish this disorder had another name for it? I feel like it throws people off because when they think of daydreaming they think of just being an airhead or somebody who shouldn't be driving a car or operating a…Continue
My head is starting to clear up and I am making more sense out of my former fantasies. However, I am waking up to this isolating, uneventful and friendless life. I almost never travel anywhere. Although, I do look at social meetups and events in my…Continue
Hi everyone,So I want to share my story to see if anyone can relate. I've been daydreaming for as far as I can remember. At first it was a way to escape from an hard life and then it just started to be normal, a part of me. Everytime something's…Continue
So this a really, really long post I know.PLEASE, please don't be harsh in the comments - this is all highly personal and really difficult for me to disclose. I FULLY understand this is ONLY my own experience. I am not trying to preach, or play…Continue
Hello !Well, I think it’s not possible to stop completely 100% - I feel that the tendency and ability to produce immersive and elaborate daydreamings can’t just “go away” like that. The thing is that, only 1 year before now, I was still spending…Continue
I used to do maladaptive day dreaming, but I think it's done some things to my head. My concentration and awareness to the world isn't the same. I'm not attuned to things and I get so clumsy. My head is tired rather often, I get concerning aches and…Continue
Hi, I’ve been daydreaming since I was very little. When I daydream I run back and forth in the house and I know it is not normal. It is just what I do when I daydream and I always have since I could walk. I’m 15 currently and my mom only knows that…Continue
just joined, but as I'm replying to things and starting to read posts, I'm getting this feeling of want ng to just stop, signout, delete everything. I'm feeling like my BF or kids or somebody will open my computer and find this or google my name and…Continue
Just a quick question for people, I have read a lot of posts while I was waiting to get approved for the site, and I have noticed a lot of people use day dreaming as tool for when they are feeling down or depressed as means of escape. I am the…Continue
So I am dealing with something right now and there are not a lot of people that I can discuss it with. It occurs to me that this community is one that would likely understand.Have any of you ever created a character in your daydreams based on a real…Continue
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This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.
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